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On-Sale: Fri, Aug 2, 2019 @ 10:00am

For over 60 years, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs have provided a safe place where children and youth can discover and achieve their dreams. In our clubs, it’s about taking steps to a healthy, successful and active future. It’s about making connections, about experiencing new opportunities and building confidence and skills for life. It’s about believing every Club kid and youth has what it takes, and no matter what else is going on in their lives, the club is a place of encouragement, belonging and connection. It’s acknowledging how a stronger community, working together helps children, adults and family feel safe and cared for. It’s about creating a place where everyone belongs.

On October 3rd, join us and guest speaker Vu Le, a guru on communities working together as we celebrate our history, our current realities, the future of our community, and the individuals whose lives have been changed by participating at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. We will be inspired to continue to work together to support the young people who need us the most.

Keynote and entertainment:

  • Learn about our history and impact
  • Be inspired by Vu Le, guest speaker, who comes to us from Seattle and is a guru on communities working together.
  • See the spotlight of people whose lives have been changed by participating at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Recognize community partners and individuals who have helped us in our journey to support the children, youth and families we have served and are serving every day.

Keynote Message

“The Importance of Building Community in a Turbulent World”

Vu Le will share how in this sociopolitical climate of uncertainty, the fostering of community and belonging continues to be critical. To be effective at building community, the bridges between diverse groups of individuals must be strong: Between charities and for-profits, charities and the wider community, and charities among one another. We must examine many of our philosophies and practices to see if they facilitate or hinder the sense of belonging. How do we incorporate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in our everyday practices? In this thought-provoking and entertaining presentation (filled with pictures of baby animals for some reason), we will discuss how to work more effectively together to create a world we know is possible, where everyone belongs.

Vu’s Bio

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

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